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A View to a Krill, or a Coralee Thrill!

By:EDL Foster, Invercargill, New Zealand
Date:Wednesday 28 August 2002
Rating:   10

This is the second Seventh Doctor book I have read from the Perry/Tucker trio, and in my opinion, it ranks as probably the best ("Matrix" probably following a close second).
It follows traditional plotlines with a few surprises inbetween - for once, the Doctor is not looking for wrongs to right, and yet he and Ace choose a certain aquatic holiday planet for a vacation. A planet ripe with corruption, intrigue, action, and danger in the form of the engineered, parasitic Krill (apparently also seen on "Dust Breeding") - they would have been superb on the screen, yet probably would have scared the bejabbers off the viewers! A pox on those who once claimed that the Seventh Doctor lacked credible foes to battle!
As with "Matrix", Perry and Tucker further explore the idea of the normally manipulative Seventh Doctor not always being in control of events, as outlined in the subplot involving the Klingon-like Cythosi and their scheme to scientifically unleash the perfect killing machine against their Zithra enemies. The religious subplot involving the cultists and the ancient weapon totem was reminiscent of something you might view on the "Relic Hunter" TV show, and also provided another delightfully sinister subplot.
While the aforementioned "Matrix" primarily explored the concepts of the Doctor's past and possible future (did anyone spot the reference to the 1996 TV Movie?), this book superseeds it by additionally portraying a more personal insight into the comradeship between the Doctor and Ace, how it becomes more permanently stable, even after the terrifying interference of the Ripper (aka the Valeyard) in Whitechapel.
Overall, this sunswept beach/tropical weather/glorious ocean themed adventure is a book to enjoy and be proud of. Gung-ho, blockbuster material just seeps off the pages when you read it.

What do you think, James Cameron? This book has been compared to a cinematic masterpiece of your inspiration. Interested?

I can hardly wait for "Loving the Alien", if it promises to be much of the same quality.

talking dolphins with cigars

By:tom webster , London
Date:Sunday 23 January 2005
Rating:   10

This is a stunning book. Mike Tucker and Robert Perry again have written something that rivals any other classic Doctor who novelisation (even Matrix). This book reminds me so much of the Alien films, the Krill aren't too Dissimilar to the Aliens either. The Cyothsi are scary too. Sigorney Weaver eat your heart out.

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